For football fans hoping that a football association may choose not to hide behind their ridiculous rules and choose to make an example of a player, you could be waiting a very long time.
First UEFA failed to punish Flamini for his horror tackle for AC Milan against Spurs in Europe, because their rules state that if the referee saw it and decided it was a yellow, then that must stand, whatever video evidence shows.
And this weekend saw Wayne Rooney elbow Wigan’s James McCarthy off the ball, and because referee, Mark Clattenburg claims to have seen the incident and thought it just a free kick, the FA were also apparently powerless to act.
Frankly, the relevant Associations are just scared, scared of the huge power that the top clubs not clout, scared of Sir Alex Ferguson, or in Milan’s case, the Prime Minister of Italy, who runs the club.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan was left in utter disbelief that the FA refused to punish Rooney.
Whelan said, “It sends out a terrible message.
“Something is wrong when a top international like Rooney is seen doing something like this, as clear as day, and is allowed to get away without being punished.
“If it was any other club or player, you can bet your life he would have been sent off. But officials seem intimidated by the words ‘Rooney’ and ‘United’.
“Manchester United are allowed to get away with things the rest of us get pulled up for. And you can’t have one set of rules for one club and another for the rest.
“I don’t care what the FA say about the matter being dealt with at the time by us getting a free-kick. They, and everyone else in football, know justice isn’t being served here.
“The FA will be delighted they can hide behind their rules and let Rooney off, as they are frightened of taking sanctions against him and his club.”